Thursday, October 23, 2014

An event that changed my life!

October 23, 1956

This is the 58th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. This is the event that changed our lives, my mother and father and we became Political Refugees. We had to flee our home and homeland.

War is ugly no matter where or when it happens! The memories are still vivid and dark!

This is the apartment we lived in the address was Lenin Korut 101. Before the Communist renamed the boulevard it was called Terész Körut and again after the cummunists regime fell it is again called Teresz Korut as it is today. Located about a block away from the "Nyugati" (West) Train Station. Click Here for a Map of Budapest.

We lived on the first floor apartment #10. The tree was right in front of our windows. This is one of the main "round" streets in Budapest so during the revolution there was a lot of "action" right in front of our building. This is a picture I took about a year ago when I was visiting.

During the revolution this was our view of the tree.... yes including the dead body hanging by his feet....Now that I'm writing this it sounds so horribly ghoulish but at the time we were numb to all of the horrors.


This is what the street looked like, the building on the left is our building. The debris on the ground included human body parts, sometimes the tanks ran people over....

Here are some more images from 1956 what we left....




This is a magazine that Life Magazine issued as an extra addition and sold for .50 cents and the proceeds went towards helping the Hungarian Refugees. I found a copy at an old magazine store on Main Street in Santa Monica. A couple of years ago I paid $50 dollars for it but to me it is one of my treasured posessions.



Links:
http://www.hungary1956.com/journeyhome.htm

PestCentric a Blog about Budapest in English

Hungarian Dictionary

The Terror House Museum
This one is in Hungarian about the Revolution
www.freedomfighter56.com
www.hungary1956.com
www.1956.lap.hu
www.hungaria.org
www.hacusa.org

6 comments:

Rebekah said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. I can't even imagine what it must have been like.

Ellen Bloom said...

I remember a couple of little girls in my elementary school coming from Hungary during the revolution. It was difficult for them to adjust to our pampered and safe way of life, but eventually, they fit in. I most remember their looks of amazement at our walking home from school by ourselves and being safe on the streets.
This is a powerful post, Ana.

AR said...

Wow, how awful. I really need to remember to be thankful for what we have. Especially safety and security. I'm so glad you and your family escaped!

craftybernie said...

What a moving story. Thank you for sharing.

Stephanie said...

Thank you for sharing your story and the photos.

I visited Budapest a few years ago --- such beautiful country, it's hard to imagine such horrors happening there.

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing!